Lots of people have opinions on Ben Affleck's casting as Batman, but what does our most famous president think about it?

Last week, it was announced that Warner Bros has finally decided who would play Batman in the Batman vs. Superman movie: Ben Affleck.

There was a ton of speculation beforehand with everyone from Josh Brolin to Jeffrey Dean Morgan being considered for the role.

The announcement was made by Warner Bros. Pictures representatives Greg Silverman and Sue Kroll. "We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some," Greg Silverman, president of creative development at Warner Bros., said in a statement. "His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character."

Man of Steel has grossed more than  $650 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman." director Zack Snyder told The Wrap, "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.  I can’t wait to work with him."

Man of Steel 2, known by the working title Batman vs. Superman, is slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

This weekend, the Internet exploded with fans expressing outrage over the casting choice. The twitter hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck peaked at 400 tweets an hour with people suggesting everyone from Vanilla Ice to Oprah Winfrey.

While we can't ask the 16th President of the United States exactly what he thinks because he's been dead for decades. But, we can guess what he would think thanks to relevant quotes that point to his frame of mind.

So what would Abraham Lincoln say?

"A house divided against itself cannot stand." - Abraham Lincoln
We either support superhero movies or we don't. Superhero movies as a genre are successful, but face an extreme amount of scrutiny. Geeks and nerds naturally like to have strong opinions, and there's nothing wrong with that. But if we already talking about avoiding Man of Steel 2 there won't be a Man of Steel 3 and no one really wants that.

Abraham Lincoln would say we need to come together as a community and give superhero movies a chance. It might suck, but we can at least wait till we see a trailer.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln
Playing a major superhero like Batman is a heavy responsibility. Some actors have handled it well. For example, Christian Bale is the most gracious Batman actor ever. He kindly gives his free-time to inspire kids as Batman while still having a successful acting career with other roles.

Others haven't fared so well. While Adam West is an excellent Batman, the role destroyed his career. George Clooney played Batman in Batman & Robin and has been mocked for the rest of his career. Not that it hurt him much.

How would Ben Affleck handle it? He's seen both ends of a career. He's an acclaimed Academy Award winning actor and the guy that played in Gigli. He's played Daredevil and George Reeves' Superman. He's handled both with style and grace. Setting up a charity when he was on top and building a reputation as a successful director when he was on the bottom.

Abraham Lincoln would say we need an actor that can handle the success of playing Batman or the failure if the movie tanks. Affleck is that man.

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." - Abraham Lincoln
The best Batman actors showed dedication to the role. We need a Batman actor that is willing to work hard to prepare for a role. When Affleck was cast as Daredevil he read every single issue. Granted he was already a huge fan of the character, but that shows dedication. He worked with stunt coordinators and personal trainers to get a superhero body.

There are rumors that Affleck has already started working out two hours a day with a personal trainer. We need a Batman actor with dedication and Affleck is willing to put in the work.

Abraham Lincoln would say we need an actor that's willing to put in the work to make the movie as good as he can.

"He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help." - Abraham Lincoln
While many are quick to criticize the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, the reality is that there is little they can do to help with the situation.

Abraham Lincoln would say if enough fans come together to give advice we can help him be a better Batman. Otherwise we should just shut up.

"Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40."- Abraham Lincoln Ben Affleck looks great at 41. The studio wanted to counter-balance Henry Cavill's youthful appearance with an older Batman. If they'd cast Abe Vigoda, they'd have gone too far.

Abraham Lincoln would say Affleck's taken care of himself, but still has the look of an older and wise man.

"War at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible." - Abraham Lincoln
We need a Batman that knows the horror of the war on crime.

Ben Affleck has played a soldier in movies like Pearl Harbor, but it's what he's done in his personal life that will help him play Batman as the world-weary crimefighter. After filming the movie Argo, which told of the brutality in Iran during the 1970s he testified before congress about what he's seen in the Democratic Replublic of Congo in Africa.

Affleck helped create the Eastern Congo Initiative after seeing the devastation left by the civil war. Over 5 million people have been killed over the last 12 years. He even got a humanitarian award for his work. They said his "foresight, courage and leadership" helped him "take a stand against extreme injustice, intolerance and inequalities".

Abraham Lincoln would say Affleck is a man who's seen the horrors of war and is a hero fighting for justice in real life. That will come through in his performance

What do you think? Is Lincoln right? Is Ben Affleck the right choice to play Batman?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Abe Vigoda would be taking it a little too far...
I think he'll make a fine Batman. You don't want a young pup in the role - Batman is seasoned. And Affleck is an Oscar-winning actor. With the right script, he'll do fine.


WOW! What a great concept of using Lincoln! I was shocked at first ,when reading about the casting, then let it set in. He will be fine as the Cape Crusader. I trust Zack Snyder. I love 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch and Man of Steel, and I know he will have a great vision for this film.

Pat Dilloway said...

I will be blogging about this on Tuesday but the short version is I think it was a dumb decision for him career-wise.

jeremy [retro] said...

wait, what... affleck is batman? where have i been... kidding. i don't know about lincoln's opinion... i mean he just fought of a horde of zombies, right?

Tony Laplume said...

The funny thing is that's entirely appropriate for an actor who's already played Daredevil to then play Batman, because that's what Frank Miller did. His Daredevil was his Batman, before he did Batman. Daredevil as a character doesn't really exist. That's why Miller was able to so easily and completely transform him into the mold he's been in ever since.

And yeah, on any other score I don't have a problem with Affleck playing Batman.

Tony Laplume said...

I wonder what you'll be saying. He's just gotten the Oscar as director. He's remained fairly quiet as an actor since his comeback. This will be his first big role in years. And thanks to Christian Bale, Batman is a respectable role. The critics won't really be caring too much about his career for the next several years anyway. He's earned the right to do something like this.

Jay Noel said...

Now this is a VERY unique post about the whole Affleck thing. At first I was shocked and pissed.

But I do want to see a third Superman movie. And I also recall all the hoopla when Heath Ledger was chosen to play The Joker.

msmariah said...

Hi pleased to meet you. I wanted to check out your blog. I love this parody. As for Ben Affleck, I'm not a Ben Affleck fan--at all, but I think he'll make a decent Batman. I actually think Jeffrey Dean Morgan would have been a great older Batman

My whole thing about Batman and Superman is that they should be the quintessential American male. Henry Cavill is cute, but he's too British.

I love the Brits, but I would never want an American Dr. Who or James Bond. There are subtle cultural differences. Affleck has that cultural doggedness and he's a good actor, so I think he will be a good Batman.

msmariah said...

Ha, sorry. "Pleased to meet you" to Nigel. I've already "met" Maurice. I just realized why this site looks so familiar! I've been here before in response to Maurice.

HowardTheDeck said...

Hah! This is hilarious. Very creative and well done. Great read.

MPax said...

I like Ben Affleck, but I just don't see him as Batman. Not at all. Of all the superheroes, Batman is my favorite. I'd really like to see someone edgier. But maybe he'll surprise us.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm looking forward to it Pat!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Thanks Howard!

Maurice Mitchell said...

It's hard to imagine, but I think he can pull it off. Heath Ledger spent most of his career as a pretty boy, but his Joker was a game changer.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Zombie Hunter and Batman fan Jeremy! ;)

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm skeptical of Snyder since he's made some lousy films, but he did a great job on 'Man of Steel.' So I trust his vision too David.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Miller completely redefined the character Tony. It is ironic that he's playing two of Miller's best known characters.

Tony Laplume said...

Ledger didn't spend his career as a pretty boy. That's merely how most people chose to interpret him. His one straight romantic role was literally playing Casanova. Oh, and the cowboy.


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